25-year-old Galapagos tortoise dies at Akron Zoo

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Azul, the Galapagos tortoise, died on Feb. 19. (Photo courtesy Akron Zoo)

Azul, the Galapagos tortoise, died on Feb. 19. (Photo courtesy Akron Zoo)

AKRON, Ohio- A Galapagos tortoise at the Akron Zoo passed away last week.

The zoo said the animal care staff noticed a change in Azul’s behavior and performed a CT scan. They removed fluid around her heart and treated her with antibiotics. Despite signs of improvement, she died on Feb. 19.

According to the zoo, an animal autopsy revealed her liver and heart were diseased.

Azul was born in 1989 and came to the Akron Zoo in 1992. She shared an exhibit with her half-sister, Pagos, who remains on display.

Galapagos tortoises are the largest tortoises in the world. Azul weighed 165 pounds and was 32 inches long.

The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter admission is $7 per person.

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